Making Your Money Matter https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com Create a life you love, one dollar at a time Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:52:09 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 103358307 Part I: How I’m Organizing My Finances in 2019 (Setting up a Cash Flow System) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/set-up-cash-flow-2019/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/set-up-cash-flow-2019/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:28:14 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5384 I’ve always loved organizing. There’s something about things being neat and tidy that makes me feel like my life itself is a little bit less messy too (maybe that’s a little crazy?). So naturally, years ago when I started really getting my finances in order, it was important to me to find a really organized […]

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2019: The Year of “Simplify” (or rather…can I have a do-over please?) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2019-year-of-simplify/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2019-year-of-simplify/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:01:58 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5373 This past year was especially difficult. I wasn’t sad to see it go. Not at all. I didn’t meet most of my goals I’d set at the beginning of the year. I especially feel like “simplify”, my word for 2018, was the exact opposite of how the year turned out. Adjusting to life back at […]

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5 Money Mindset Shifts I’ve Made After Discovering FIRE (as an outsider of the movement!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/fire-money-mindset/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/fire-money-mindset/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:47 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5277 Many people turn their financial lives around after hitting rock bottom. A crushing debt load or a sudden financial crisis spurs them to make drastic changes. That’s not my story. I didn’t hit a low. Instead, it was the opposite that changed my financial life. Years ago, we embarked on our first big travel adventure. […]

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Why Spreadsheets are the Best Way to Handle Your Personal Finances (A Sneak Peek At Mine!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-spreadsheets-are-the-best-way-to-handle-your-personal-finances-a-sneak-peek-at-mine/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-spreadsheets-are-the-best-way-to-handle-your-personal-finances-a-sneak-peek-at-mine/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:15:53 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5201 This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here. You already know I’m a diehard spreadsheet fan. Especially when it comes to tracking all things money. And, I’m certainly not alone in my level of spreadsheet geekiness. Spreadsheets are the tool of choice for many, many financially successful people around the world (and the world wide […]

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How Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone Is 10X-ing Our Finances https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/get-out-of-comfort-zone/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/get-out-of-comfort-zone/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5217 My email subscribers all know that my family has recently relocated (that’s why you haven’t seen me around here much lately!). We’re talking about a BIG relocation…from the suburbs of Detroit to Shanghai, China. And while we’ve lived abroad before (in South Korea and even in China for a short time), it’s been just as […]

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Understanding Your Marginal Tax Rate (And Why It’s Essential to Know!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/marginal-tax-rate/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/marginal-tax-rate/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 02:02:15 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5070 Ignorance certainly isn’t bliss when it comes to anything in personal finance, and that’s especially true for taxes. Sure, you can hire someone to complete your tax returns for you. But you are the one making the day-to-day decisions that will impact the numbers that ultimately go on the tax form. Now that your taxes […]

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What Personal Finance Questions Do You Have? {My 2018 Blog Survey} https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/personal-finance-questions-2018-blog-survey/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/personal-finance-questions-2018-blog-survey/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:42:57 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5053 Today we have something different other than just a regular blog post. You may have noticed that it’s especially quiet here on the blog over the last couple months. While I’ve tried to keep up with everything as much as possible–raising a young family, work, life–I’m absolutely swamped. Tax season is in full swing and […]

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Guest Post: The Steps I’m Taking to Reach Fire https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/guest-post-steps-im-taking-reach-fire/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/guest-post-steps-im-taking-reach-fire/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 03:15:09 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5032 Today I have a guest post from my friend, Rob, who blogs at Mustard Seed Money. Rob is an accountant for the federal government with a passion for all things personal finance. He created the website Mustard Seed Money and the course Reaching FIRE, both of which emphasize sound financial education and advice. If you […]

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A Quick Start Guide to Using YNAB in 2018 https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/ynab-quick-start-guide-2018/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/ynab-quick-start-guide-2018/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:08:03 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5016 Because the principles behind YNAB are different than traditional budgeting, it can be a little tricky to get started. However, once you take the first steps to figure it all out, it’s a game changer for your money. Here’s exactly what you need to do to get set up and start using YNAB. It’s been […]

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How I’m Simplifying My Finances This Year https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/simplifying-finances/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/simplifying-finances/#comments Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:15:55 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=4998 Last year, my word of the year was “enough”. I was frequently able to express gratitude for the things I already owned and realize how much abundance I had in my life. Overall, I bought fewer things and saved more money. I also said, “enough” to many things that were not helping me build a better […]

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